Is there such a thing as a melatonin hangover?
August 15, 2013 12:37 AM Subscribe
I am jet-lagged. But I've been on the right schedule for a couple of days in terms of sleeping. And then I took a 3mg melatonin tablet last night and slept for 18 hours. Now I feel crap. Does it seem more likely that the crappy feeling is jet-lag, melatonin-induced, due to oversleeping, or that I'm coming down with something?
posted by lollusc to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I left Norway at 4am on Saturday (so only got about three hours of sleep on Friday night), travelled via Frankfurt (six hour stopover) to Vietnam on a 12 hour flight, which I think I probably slept about 9 hours of, which corresponded mainly with Australian night-time. Then I had a full day of wandering around in Vietnam, again corresponding mainly to Australian day time, followed by an eight hour flight and three hour bus trip, both of which I slept most of. So I have been on the "right schedule" already since Monday, despite all the travelling. It's now Thursday, and I arrived back home yesterday midday.
I took a one hour nap yesterday from 5-6pm, because I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer, and then felt fine after that. So I didn't go to bed until 11pm. A friend offered me some melatonin (which you can't buy here, but I had heard good things about), and so I took one tablet before bed. I slept until 5pm today! I just couldn't wake up. I now feel totally hungover - exhausted, throbbing head, weird body temperatures, totally non-hungry.
So what I don't know is whether that huge sleep and the consequent crappiness is jet lag, something to do with the melatonin, or whether I'm maybe coming down with something. Or whether the hungover feeling is just due to sleeping too long.
I need to decide whether I should take another melatonin tablet tonight (which seems sensible if I'm jet-lagged, but not if the melatonin is responsible for the epic sleepiness). And whether I'm likely to be able to go in to work tomorrow. My job is fairly flexible so it doesn't really matter, but I'd like to go if I'm not feeling crappy, and I need to let people know tonight whether I'm coming in tomorrow or not.